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a town hall in montana, taking the first family to nearby yellowstone park. mr. obama came because when it comes to passing reform the road truly runs through montana. raw politics from ed henry. >> reporter: montana is a nice place to visit this time of year, but the president had more on his mind than fly-fishing. he came for urgent business, buttering up the state senior center max bachus who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> first of all the man who is working tirelessly to make sure the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max bachus a round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisers acknowledged the fight reached a critical stage because the opposition reached some steam, capitalizing on anger at congressional town hall meetings. >> where does this state that government has the powers to take over health care. >> reporter: by comparison the president's town hall was tame. he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he's facing. >> we keep getting the bull. that is all
president obama said at a town hall meeting in montana. >> every time we are in sight of health insurance reform, the special interest fight back with everything they have and their political allies try to scare the heck out of everybody. it happened in '93. it is happening now. >> groups that have an interest in blocking reform. big pharmaceutical companies. is there anything in reform bills about lowering the cost of prescription drugs. >> the pharmaceutical industry not a party to the 1993, 1994 evident, they want coverage for everyone and co-pays to be reasonable. and pessimist or skeptic will say a huge group of people can buy their drugs. >> new customers. >> they have agreed to cut $80 billion out of their costs -- >> over ten years. >> they are spending $150 million in advertising to push reform. robert reich smells a rat. they wouldn't do it if it wasn't good for their industry. why doesn't medicare do a system like the va where they negotiate for the price of drugs? >> i was at the agency that is a nonnegotiatable item. the pharmaceutical industry has managed to keep that at bay
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